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David Duke
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From: Columbus, OH, USA
Registered: Jan 2015


 - posted January 29, 2015 04:36 PM      Profile for David Duke   Email David Duke   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi everyone:

I recently purchased a nice Elmo ST-1200, and it seems to work fine EXCEPT it is having some auto-threading issues (it's eating the film at the point where the film makes that first turn down into the film gate).

Do you know of anyone in the Columbus, OH, area who can service the projector?

Thanks!
David

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Jim Schrader
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Savage, MN, USA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted January 29, 2015 05:25 PM      Profile for Jim Schrader   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Schrader   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
HI DAVID LEON MIGHT BE YOUR MAN GIVE HIM A TRY.
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Steve Klare
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From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted January 29, 2015 05:44 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey Dave,

I have to ask this:

-did you trim the leader with the built-in cutter?

(Beats having Leon ask you!)

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Andrew Woodcock
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From: Manchester Uk
Registered: Aug 2012


 - posted January 29, 2015 05:47 PM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
David, welcome to the forum! Jim has provided you with a reputable repair man within your area, but have you checked the basics on your machine.
For example; does the green threading shoe at the first sprocket lock into place as it should? Secondly,does it release as it should by pressing the black button at the rear take up spool position OR by lifting or pressing the green exit guide close to the rear take up spool? Do you have the instruction manual for the projector etc etc?

Also, Steve's point is really valid on these machines. They really only like curved trimmed film using an Elmo cutter and of course, Super 8mm film only.

I have already written the instruction manual that goes out on my death bed with my Beaulieu. Just wish the previous owner had written all of his learnings down for me!
Once you get familiar with a machine to an intimate level of understanding, almost certainly, it will behave in the manner you expect 9 times out of 10. The same philosophy applies to all kinds of machinery, whether it be a car, a projector or a Casmatic MW42 Wrapper! Lol.

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David Duke
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From: Columbus, OH, USA
Registered: Jan 2015


 - posted January 29, 2015 06:10 PM      Profile for David Duke   Email David Duke   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi, thank you all for your help.

Yes, the film is trimmed using the provided trimmer. The green shoe goes down but does not release properly, but I've figured out a way to "pop" it back into position once I am able to get a film to go through all threading channels. The release button beneath the take-up reel does not seem to be connected.

Yes, I'm using super 8mm film :-)

Once I get a film threaded it projects fine (sound is good, too), but it take four or five attempts (and lots of chewed up leader) before I can get that to happens.

Thanks!
D

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Andrew Woodcock
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From: Manchester Uk
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 - posted January 29, 2015 06:23 PM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
Ok Dave, that answers a lot as clearly you are doing all you can to get your film threaded correctly.

All I will suggest at this stage is to photograph it using a basic digital camera with video facility as they all have nowadays,then someone on here who has used these machines on and off for donkeys years will be able to tell you what's going wrong if you post them the video by e mail.

They ( or me) will slow the video right down to slow motion speed and no doubt all will become apparent if you film every stage well for diagnosing.

If this fails, then send it to an expert like Leon.

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frank arnstein
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From: Gold Coast. Australia
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 - posted January 29, 2015 11:05 PM      Profile for frank arnstein   Author's Homepage   Email frank arnstein   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi David,

I suggest you check the fuses. One of them is for the release of the top shoe which is electrically activated by a solenoid.

dogtor frankarnstein [Smile]

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Vincent Zabbia
Master Film Handler

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From: Montrose, NY
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 - posted January 30, 2015 07:24 AM      Profile for Vincent Zabbia   Author's Homepage   Email Vincent Zabbia   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
If your film has the white leader issued by Kodak.. Replace it.
Elmo's don't like that thin white leader.

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John Capazzo
Master Film Handler

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From: Hillside, NJ USA
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 - posted February 12, 2015 09:04 PM      Profile for John Capazzo   Email John Capazzo   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Mr. Zabbia is correct. I was about to post the same thing. Some leaders are too thick and at the time, the machines created 40 years ago didn't have enough room behind the spring attachment behind the lens assembly and the aperture; or even when it gets to the sound and lower sprocket area.

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Tom Photiou
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From: Plymouth U.K
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 - posted February 13, 2015 06:46 AM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
cant say I have ever encountered that problem and we have five of these Elmos over the years [Confused]

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Andrew Woodcock
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From: Manchester Uk
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 - posted February 13, 2015 09:32 AM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
It could happen if either the green threading shoe is not going completely down into position when the threading position on the switch is turned or it isn't locking into position by the solenoid.

Also if the small green guidance piece (the part that I am convinced causes marks to the film in normal projection mode as the film slaps back and forth into it just after the top loop) is missing then this would or could cause the end of the film to bunch at the gate.

It does sound to me though, more of a top threading shoe issue than anything else.

Some photographs would be useful if you can post any just as the film begins to crumple if you can instantly take one please?

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Paul Browning
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 - posted February 13, 2015 10:56 AM      Profile for Paul Browning   Email Paul Browning   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
On the odd occasion the leader can be curled upward and when threaded into the green guide, even with the auto thread pushed down it will miss the spring loaded pressure plate over the film gate, and end up very badly folded and mangled in the mechanism. I try and use a blunted straight edge to curl the leader the opposite way, the same way as you curl ribbon. It will straighten enough to get past the top mech on the Elmo, if I'm in any doubt about a film not threading, I pull down the side cover and watch it threading.

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Paul Adsett
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From: USA
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 - posted February 13, 2015 03:43 PM      Profile for Paul Adsett     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Unlike my Eumig 938, which threads flawlessy every time, I have never felt so confident about the auto threading capability of the GS1200 that I can afford not to open the cover and visually check it. Many times I have run films thinking everything was fine, only to find the film configured into an extra large, or extra small, loop above or below the gate, and contacting something it should'nt, with resulting scratches.

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Andrew Woodcock
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From: Manchester Uk
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 - posted February 13, 2015 06:58 PM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
Thats the one Paul. Never had a GS but the path is way too similar to thr rest of the Elmo family for my liking. Considering all the excellent advancements ade on these fine machines, they appeared to overlook the one most needed

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